What Is Man-to-Man Defense in Basketball?

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In basketball, man-to-man defense is when each man has the responsibility of guarding another man. Use man-to-man defense to steal the ball or block a shot with help from an athletic trainer in this free video on playing basketball and basketball defense.

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Playing man to man defense- man to man defense is exactly what it is, man to man. So, it's going to be myself and another player and what I'm doing here is providing a little bit of space but not too much to let them make a move on me. Now, here if you touch your opponent with your arm, that's a foul, okay. What you want to do is get a little arm bar going on. Get a little action here and what you want to make sure you're looking at your opponent's waist to ensure that wherever they go, you go. So, if my opponent wants to move, I'm moving with them and then when they hold the ball you want to make sure you get up on them so they can't see the hoop. The best thing about man to man defense is you get the opportunity to steal the ball or block a shot.


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